Having studied sculpture and painting, Andrea Shearing’s art is a little bit of both, blurring the boundaries between both mediums. Her abstract art is very much inspired by nature, though Shearing admits her work isn’t meant to be representational or realistic by any means.
“My mission is to explore the emotional symbolism of something like a broken egg in a nest,” she writes poetically on her website. “This for me represents the tension between birth and death, the purity of simple form in contrast with nature’s complex structures and designs. The fragility of the shell which can beak and shatter versus its strength to encompass life and growth. For me, this echoes our own psyche and emotional being; vulnerable – strong, fragile – enduring, brittle – tenacious.”
A common thread throughout her work is her interest in the dynamics between diametrical opposing energy, structures fabrics, and feelings. Shearing admits that she is particularly fascinated by the movement of the ocean waves expressing the rhythm of life and the force and strength of nature. Indeed, most of her work seems fluid – an exploration of water and movement. “I am interested in exploring the fluidity of water against the firm resistance of hard rock,” she explains.
Much like water, Shearing’s creative process is fluid, working slowly and thoroughly, and mixing minute amounts of paint to get the tone and intensity of colors she wants exactly. “I work very carefully, thoughtfully considering composition and juxtaposition of tones and colors,” she writes. “I spend time choosing my palette very carefully as this is the platform from which I build the timbre and mood of the piece.”
The result is very much striking.